We’re delighted to reveal our Comedy + Literature lineup for End of The Road 2023! Grab a beer and head down to the Talking Heads stage to enjoy performances and talks from some of the most exciting comedians, authors, artists and broadcasters.
First up and headlining 2023’s comedy programme will be Taskmaster champion Lou Sanders, bringing her own brand of no-filter comedy; and Sara Pascoe who’ll deliver big laughs with an emotional edge by exploring the pros and cons of celebrity and her own personal journey with motherhood. Taskmaster fans can further rejoice as previous champion Sophie Duker will deliver her sharp, strange and wickedly funny observations in her at-ease persona, as well as Alan Partridge nemesis and Ghosts star Lolly Adefope performing her expertly observed, character-driven routine. The Infinite Monkey Cage host and award-winning standup Robin Ince will share his joyful enthusiasm for the world we live in.
Engaging and blistering commentary can be expected from Australian Tom Ballard, whilst fellow Aussie Steen Raskopoulos takes us through his much-loved solo sketch characters sprinkled with crowd-influenced spontaneity. Inimitable Texan-native Kemah Bob will deliver her joyous raillery, using entertainment as a tool for enlightenment and empowerment, and Esther Manito takes the subjects of motherhood, identity, and racial stereotyping head-on. Russell Hicks will bring his rockstar energy and razor-sharp wit, whilst the warm, commanding and extremely funny personal experiences of Thanyia Moore will light up the stage.
Rob Auton promises his unique intertwining of comedy, theatre, poetry and spoken word whilst alt-comedian and satirist Simon Munnery will deliver his surrealist anecdotes. Australian raconteur Sarah Bennetto will enthral with her side-splitting and endearing storytelling and Eric Ruston brings his self-deprecating but utterly lovable stage persona to the festival.
As morning breaks in Larmer Tree Gardens, the exquisite literature programming will reinvigorate your tired mind, with talks from some of the most exciting authors the UK has to offer. At the top of the literature bill is conceptual, video and installation Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, who after confounding the art world for 30 years, will talk through his new book ‘Art Is Magic’. Lush and Piroshka icon Miki Berenyi will take us through her debut book and rock memoir ‘Fingers Crossed’, telling her story of an extraordinary and complicated musical life.
UK music journalist and writer Emma Warren will explore her new book ‘Dance Your Way Home’ in front of a live audience, taking us from kitchens to clubs, and telling the story of the human desire to dance. Novelist Tom Bullough will talk us through being arrested, the climate crisis and the history and myth of his Native Wales. Harriet Gibsone shares a funny, raw and painfully honest account of trying to find connection online from her debut book ‘Is This OK?, whilst Kieran Yates gives a fresh and fiery account of the housing crisis from ‘All The Houses I’ve Ever Lived In’.